Tag: Quickstart

Kendall Merriweather

Galveston College Quickstart+ graduate finds success with local HVAC industry

When Kendall Merriweather walked into Galveston College’s Quickstart+ Grant Navigator Sharon Pagan’s office last August, he was working part-time at a Galveston Island Family Dollar store.

In 2019, Merriweather, his wife and three children moved to Galveston to follow his wife’s dream to experience island living. Earlier in 2020, he lost his job following a reduction in force due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After that experience, he said he wanted to expand his technical skills and begin a new career. He said a friend sent him a screenshot of a Quickstart+ advertisement, and he wanted to register for the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Helper training program. He said he was eager to enter a high-demand, high-growth industry where he had the potential to provide financial stability for his family.

Merriweather enrolled in the eight-week training session last September and successfully completed the training in mid-November. He was one of nine students to pass the Universal Section 608 Technician Certification examination on how to responsibly handle refrigerants by the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Recycling and Emission Reduction Program.

He was hired by Bosworth Air Conditioning and Heating in April 2021 as an HVAC Helper and continues to learn as he works alongside an experienced HVAC technician. He is now eligible to participate in a health insurance plan and says he will also be able to participate in the company’s retirement plan when he reaches his one-year work anniversary.

Funded with a Foundational Skills for Construction Career Pathways Grant, the Quickstart+ programs are designed to help individuals find entry-level jobs in the fast-growing HVAC and electrical industries.

In the programs, students are presented with the basics of a trade, including safety procedures, proper tool usage, regulations, codes and more. They also receive career counseling and job placement assistance.

Tuition is free for those accepted into the programs. However, students must purchase their own steel-toed boots and personal protective equipment.

An individual applying to a Quickstart+ program must

–be age 18 or older. (Proof of age is required such as driver’s license or birth certificate.)
–be a United States citizen or certified to work in the United States. (A Social Security card or original I-9 documentation is required.)
–meet United States military Selective Service registration requirements, if male. (Student must present Registration Acknowledgment Card at the time of enrollment.)
–have access to a working computer and the internet.
–have steel-toed boots and personal protective equipment (mask or face covering).

Following acceptance into the program, an applicant must meet with Pagan and bring required documents.

For more information, please visit https://gc.edu/continuing-education/quickstartplus/ and contact Sharon Pagan at (409) 944-1410 or spagan@gc.edu.

April 2021 Quickstart+ Graduates

All 10 Spring Grads of Quickstart+ HVAC Helper Program Pass EPA Section 608 Universal Exam

Under the instructional leadership of Karen Alsept, all 10 graduates of the Galveston College Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Quickstart+ Helper program passed their EPA Section 608 Universal certification exam at the completion of their training on April 9.

Those receiving their certifications include Andrew Quintana, Alex Neal, Efrain Garza, Yulianna Perez, Ramses Flores Demetrio, Andre Perry, Joshua Marshall, Ronald Cokins, Zachary Folse and Leonardo Morales.

Sharon Pagan, grant manager, said graduate Ronald Cokins was employed by SCR Services, and Flores Demetrio was hired by Miles Cooling and Heating of Pasadena. Efrain Garza is currently completing a five-week paid internship with Waffle House Restaurants, and Andre Perry was employed by R and L Remodeling in La Marque.

Funded with a Foundational Skills for Construction Career Pathways Grant. the Quickstart+ programs are designed to help individuals find entry-level jobs in the fast-growing HVAC and electrical industries.

In the eight-week programs, students will be presented with the basics of a trade, including safety procedures, proper tool usage, regulations, codes and more. They also will receive career counseling and job placement assistance.

Tuition is free for those accepted into the programs. However, students must purchase their own steel-toed boots and personal protective equipment.

An individual applying to a Quickstart program must

• be age 18 or older. (Proof of age is required such as driver’s license or birth certificate.)
• be a United States citizen or certified to work in the United States. (A Social Security card or original I-9 documentation is required.)
• meet United States Military Selective Service registration requirements, if male. (Student must present Registration Acknowledgment Card at the time of enrollment.)
• have a working computer and internet access.
• have steel-toed boots and personal protective equipment (mask or face covering).

Following acceptance into the program, the applicant must meet with the job placement navigator and bring required documents.

For more information, please visit https://gc.edu/continuing-education/quickstartplus/ and contact Sharon Pagan at spagan@gc.edu.

Above: Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC-R) instructor Karen Alsept stands proudly with her 10 Quickstart+ HVAC Helper students who all passed their EPA Section 608 Universal certification exam at the completion of their training on April 9. Pictured left to right are Andrew Quintana, instructor Karen Alsept, Alex Neal, Efrain Garza, Yulianna Perez, Ramses Flores Demetrio, Andre Perry, Joshua Marshall, Ronald Cokins, Zachary Folse and Leonardo Morales.

Quickstart plus program starts in Sept at Galveston College

New Quickstart+ programs set to launch this fall

Galveston College has received a grant from the Texas Workforce Commission to offer new Quickstart+ training programs in Electrical Technology and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC). The first cohort of the Electrical Helper program will begin Sept. 21.

Career Navigator Sharon Levy Pagan will be moving to the Continuing Education department to coordinate and serve as job placement navigator for the program. Her office will remain at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center.

Funded with a Foundational Skills for Construction Career Pathways Grant. the Quickstart+ programs are designed to help individuals find entry-level jobs in the fast-growing HVAC and electrical industries.

In the eight-week programs, students will be presented with the basics of a trade, including safety procedures, proper tool usage, regulations, codes and more. They also will receive career counseling and job placement assistance.

Tuition is free for those accepted into the programs. However, students must purchase their own steel-toed boots and personal protective equipment.

An individual applying to a Quickstart program must

• be age 18 or older. (Proof of age is required such as driver’s license or birth certificate.)
• be a United States citizen or certified to work in the United States. (A Social Security card or original I-9 documentation is required.)
• meet United States Military Selective Service registration requirements, if male. (Student must present Registration Acknowledgment Card at the time of enrollment.)
• have a working computer and internet access.
• have steel-toed boots and personal protective equipment (mask or face covering).

Following acceptance into the program, the applicant must meet with the job placement navigator and bring required documents.

For more information, please visit https://gc.edu/continuing-education/quickstartplus/ and contact Job Placement Navigator Sharon Pagan at (409) 944-1410 or spagan@gc.edu.
Sharon Pagan

Galveston College Quickstart Graduates

Galveston College sets free Quickstart training programs

Registration is now open for Galveston College’s free Quickstart training programs in Electrical Technology and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), beginning July 29 and Aug 26.

Register online at https://gc.edu/quickstart-programs.

Funded by a grant from the Texas Workforce Commission, the Quickstart programs are designed to help individuals find entry-level jobs in the fast-growing #HVAC and #electrical industries.

In the eight-week programs, students will be presented with the basics of a trade, including safety procedures, proper tool usage, regulations, codes and more.

In addition to job training, GalvestonCollege offers career counseling and job placement assistance.

Tuition is free for those accepted into the programs. However, students must purchase their own steel-toed boots.

An individual applying to a Quickstart program must

  • be age 18 or older. (Proof of age is required such as driver’s license or birth certificate.)
  • be a United States citizen or certified to work in the United States. (A Social Security card or original I-9 documentation is required.)
  • meet United States Military Selective Service registration requirements, if male. (Student must present Registration Acknowledgment Card at the time of enrollment.)

Following acceptance into the program, the applicant must meet with Galveston College’s job placement navigator and bring required documents.

For more information, please contact Job Placement Navigator Mary Powers at (409) 944-1287 or mpowers@gc.edu. (Si necesitas ayuda llenando el formulario, llamame a 409-944-1287 y te ayudo con mucho gusto.)

Above: Recent graduates of the Galveston College Quickstart Electrical Helper training program include (standing, left to right) Quency Adams, Jenson Brunner, Collin Sempe, teacher Horace Williams IV, Keilan Navarro, D’Asia Scranton, Zulemie Perez and (kneeling, left to right) Eduardo Vazquez and Jamall Williams. Not pictured is LaMarc Graves.

Quickstart graduates

Galveston College offers free Quickstart training opportunities

Quickstart graduates

Galveston College still has openings for its free Quickstart training programs in Electrical Technology and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), beginning Jan. 14.

Apply today at gc.edu/quickstart

Funded by a grant from the Texas Workforce Commission, the Quickstart programs are designed to help individuals find entry-level jobs in the fast-growing HVAC and electrical industries.

In the eight-week programs, students will be presented with the basics of a trade, including safety procedures, proper tool usage, regulations, codes and more.

In addition to job training, Galveston College offers career counseling and job placement assistance.

Tuition is free for those accepted into the programs. However, students must purchase their own steel-toed boots.

An individual applying to a Quickstart program must

  • be age 18 or older. (Proof of age is required such as driver’s license or birth certificate.)
  • be a United States citizen or certified to work in the United States. (A Social Security card or original I-9 documentation is required.)
  • meet United States Military Selective Service registration requirements, if male. (Student must present Registration Acknowledgment Card at the time of enrollment.)

Following acceptance into the program, the applicant must meet with Galveston College’s job placement navigator and bring required documents.

For more information, please contact Job Placement Navigator Mary Powers at (409) 944-1287 or mpowers@gc.edu. (Si necesitas ayuda llenando el formulario, llamame a 409-944-1287 y te ayudo con mucho gusto.)

Above: Ten students in Galveston College’s Quickstart Electrical Helper Training Program completed eight weeks of training on May 10. Pictured at their completion celebration are (front row from left) Corey LaDay, Daniel Sanchez, David Dellolio, (middle row from left) JR Cisneros, instructor Marshel Settlemire, Sid Rambin, Raymond Panameno, Faisel Nofal and Horacio Galvan. Pictured in the back row is Louis Romero. Not pictured are Chris Emmite and co-teacher Robert Reeves.

Galveston College HVAC program visited Mood Gardens

HVAC Quickstart students visit Moody Gardens

Students in Galveston College’s Quickstart HVAC Helper Training class recently enjoyed a visit to Moody Gardens HVAC and electrical operations plant.

On this trip, students had a chance to expand their horizons from practice HVAC equipment in their classroom to massive, commercial equipment in the real world, thanks to the generosity of Moody Gardens Human Resources Manager Kathleen Durham, Plant Engineer David Greer and teacher Karen Alsept, who facilitated the experience.

While on site, the students toured the chillers that provide air conditioning for the Moody Gardens complex, the control room and other areas of the complex.

The free program is funded by a grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. New HVAC Quickstart classes will run from June 4 to July 30 from 5-10:30 p.m. at Galveston College’s Applied Technology Center.

For more information, call Mary Powers at (409) 944-1287 or email her at mpowers@gc.edu.

Galveston College students complete Quickstart Electrical Helper training program; new class begins June 4

Ten students in Galveston College’s Quickstart Electrical Helper training program completed eight weeks of training on May 10.

Corey LaDay, Daniel Sanchez, David Dellolio, JR Cisneros, Sid Rambin, Raymond Panameno, Faisel Nofal, Horacio Galvan, Louis Romero and Chris Emmite all finished the program taught by instructor Marshel Settlemire and co-instructor Robert Reeves at the Charlie Thomas Applied Technology Center of Galveston College.

The free program is funded by a grant from the Texas Workforce Commission.  New classes will run from June 4 to July 30 from 5-10:30 p.m. at Galveston College’s Applied Technology Center.

For more information, call Mary Powers at (409) 944-1287 or email her at mpowers@gc.edu.

Galveston College offers free Quickstart training opportunities

HVAC students at Galveston College
HVAC students and their teacher (L-R), Stephan Guyton, Curtis Bagsby, Tony Saifi and Nicholas Smith.

Galveston College still has openings for its free Quickstart training program for Electrical and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) helpers, beginning in March.

Funded by a grant from the Texas Workforce Commission, the Quickstart programs are designed to help individuals find entry-level jobs as helpers in the fast-growing HVAC and electrical industries.

In the eight-week programs, students will be presented with the basics of a trade, including safety procedures, proper tool usage, regulations, codes and more.

“This program has an amazing potential to turn lives around. Folks who have been unemployed, incarcerated, job changers and others who wish to get new skills in order to get a job, get a better job or keep a job are finding success in a program that is very doable,” said Galveston College Job Placement Navigator Mary Powers. “After only eight weeks of training, the wages they can earn won’t be the best, but it is a starting point up a career ladder with an excellent opportunity to enhance economic mobility. Along the way participants  from ages 18 to 75 are finding that their self-esteem is growing and they are gaining confidence in their ability to be productively employed and/or to continue their studies at Galveston College. It has been a super rewarding experience to watch this happen.”

Electrical students at Galveston College
Pictured (L-R) are Electrical students Ron Jackson, Sparkle Gordon and Morgan Howard with teacher Marshel Settlemire.

In addition to job training, Galveston College offers career guidance and job placement assistance.

Tuition is free for those accepted into the programs. However, students must purchase their own steel-toed boots.

An individual applying to a Quickstart program must

  • be age 18 or older. (Proof of age is required such as driver’s license or birth certificate.)
  • be a United States citizen or certified to work in the United States. (A Social Security card or original I-9 documentation is required.)
  • meet United States Military Selective Service registration requirements, if male. (Student must present Registration Acknowledgment Card at the time of enrollment.)

Prior to acceptance into the program, the applicant must meet with Galveston College’s job placement navigator and bring required documents.

Quickstart Electrical Helpers Program students at Galveston College
Quickstart Electrical Helpers Program students (L-R) Josue Hernandez, Ron Jackson, teacher Marshel Settlemire, Morgan Howard

For more information, please contact Job Placement Navigator Mary Powers at 409-944-1287 or mpowers@gc.edu. (Se habla español.)

Electrical and HVAC Quickstart program available

Galveston College offers free Quickstart training opportunities

Electrical and HVAC Quickstart program availableGalveston College still has openings for its free Quickstart training programs in Electrical Technology and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), beginning Jan. 9.

Funded by a grant from the Texas Workforce Commission, the Quickstart programs are designed to help individuals find entry-level jobs in the fast-growing HVAC and electrical industries.

In the eight week programs, students will be presented with the basics of a trade, including safety procedures, proper tool usage, regulations, codes and more.

In addition to job training, Galveston College offers career counseling and job placement assistance.

Tuition is free for those accepted into the programs. However, students must purchase their own steel-toed boots.

An individual applying to a Quickstart program must

  • be age 18 or older. (Proof of age is required such as driver’s license or birth certificate.)
  • be a United States citizen or certified to work in the United States. (A Social Security card or original I-9 documentation is required.)
  • meet United States Military Selective Service registration requirements, if male. (Student must present Registration Acknowledgment Card at the time of enrollment.)

Following acceptance into the program, the applicant must meet with Galveston College’s job placement navigator and bring required documents.

For more information, please contact Job Placement Navigator Mary Powers at 409-944-1287 or mpowers@gc.edu, or see www.gc.edu/Quickstart. (Si necesitas ayuda llenando el formulario, llamame a 409-944-1287 y te ayudo con mucho gusto.)